After enjoying her first win at a Grand Slam in Wimbledon this year, Petra Kvitova has had a bit of a slump in gaining wins in the last couple of months. Not many thought she was going to show that lefty power that propelled her to a Grand Slam title win when she stepped on court in Istanbul, and boy were they wrong. Not only did she play solid tennis from the very start of the tournament, she managed to win all her round robin matches and even beat the reigning world number one, Caroline Wozniacki in convincing fashion.
In the final, Kvitova was up against one of the favorites to win the title, Victoria Azarenka. The first set was marked by a very unusual scoreline with Kvitova being 5-0 up, but some tough and gritty points ensued that had both players scrambling. Azarenka then leveled the score at 5-5. A close one, but in the end Kvitova had the edge over Azarenka and won the set 7-5. In the second set, both players were going hard at it, with Kvitova only a set away from her first title at such an event. Azarenka took charge when she had the opportunity and finished off the second set in her favor with a forehand winner to level the match with a score of 6-4 in the second. With one set all, it was all or nothing for these two. The final set would require all their focus, skill and strength if they wanted to win this title.
Both players started off steady and Kvitova was then faced with three break points but didn’t flinch and ultimately to the early break in the third set. It was all a matter of catching up for Azarenka, but Kvitova was just too strong for her and eventually took advantage of her lead to finish the set and match with a score of 6-3 in the final set.
With a win at Wimbledon and at the Championships, Kvitova’s run this year reminds me of the run that Maria Sharapova had after winning her first slam at 17. Unfortunately, Sharapova was unable to show her star power this week and gain the number one ranking from Wozniacki, so Kvitova surpasses her to become the new world number 2 and Wozniacki stays at the top of the ranking to finish the 2011 season.
Congratulations to Petra on her amazing run at the championships and not only did she win it on her first try, she won all her matches to get the trophy and that’s pretty impressive. Azarenka also stated that she was just too good for her, and that her serve was just booming in all the important moments.
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